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De Tertulias a TED Talks: Una Travesía por los Encuentros Intelectuales

From Wikipedia: A tertulia (Spanish: [teɾˈtulja], Galician: [teɾˈtuljɐ]; Portuguese: tertúlia [tɨɾˈtuliɐ]; Catalan: tertúlia [təɾˈtuliə]) is a social gathering with literary or artistic overtones, especially in Iberia or in Spanish America. Tertulia also means an informal meeting of people to talk about current affairs, arts, etc. The word is originally Spanish (borrowed by Catalan and Portuguese),…

La Conjunción Electoral Planetaria de 2024

This year, a mere numerical coincidence in the electoral calendar has been blown out of proportion by the media to mythic dimensions, reinterpreted as if it were an astral omen, all under a shroud of alarmist sensationalism. Welcome to the Greatest Electoral Year in History.   Since last November, a news story has been rolling…

Algoritmos, Estabilidad y Comunicación: Recordando al Gran Nick Higham

It is with a heavy heart that the mathematical community mourns the loss of Nick Higham, an esteemed colossus in numerical analysis whose departure bequeaths a monumental legacy. In my recent essay, I have compiled musings on his life and the profound impact of his work, an homage that seeks to honor his remarkable contributions…

¿Qué convicción tuya desafía la corriente?

“I am increasingly suspicious that agreeing is the worst of illusions.” – Julio Cortazar, Hopscotch. Although some consider it the ultimate question to getting to know a job candidate, I am not entirely convinced of the prudence of introducing potentially divisive topics in the midst of an interview. Nonetheless, I find the question itself to…

Candidato a la Academia

This is the third and final instalment on writing, and the struggle of extracting words to put them upon paper. But this time, instead of an essay, I share a story. The difficulty of writing is universal, and for that reason, I dedicate this short story to all the people who, for a moment, have…

La Parálisis del Escritor

Today, millions around the globe will unwrap the best Christmas gift of all: a book. For those of us welcoming these treasures, the weeks ahead promise an intimate, asynchronous dialogue with their authors. At times this exchange will be delightful, at others revelatory, and occasionally, challenging. Yet, regardless of their quality, all these books share…

No puedes imaginarnos

“We” is a strange word: You use it in the same way, whether you mean that you perform the action together with another person or if you do it with a thousand.  But so much flexibility doesn’t come for free: Your identity as a social being is disconnected from reality when the size of the…

Alguien está a cargo

Making progress in society without the need for hierarchical and centralised structures can seem very strange, almost unnatural. But for a few decades now, we have seen the emergence of alternatives to traditional production models based on collaboration and decentralisation. In the 21st century, I wish to see more of these efforts, hopefully enough to…

Mis 10 libros favoritos de 2021

Here is the list of the ten books I read last year that I liked the most, ordered by publication year. Caribbean, Sea of ​​the New World, by Germán Arciniegas (1945). A sublimely written account of the four centuries that followed the arrival of the Spanish to the Caribbean Sea. This book is more than…